Galerie Kandlhofer is pleased to present the solo exhibition Mrs Black and Mr White they have never seen a shade of pink and grey by Austrian artist Michael Kienzer.
The almost literary title is certainly equivocal, poetic, stimulating, and demanding in its ambiguity. It questions agreements on meanings – and in doing so it points to the individuality and relevance of Michael Kienzer's works.
Now he is presenting his first solo exhibition at Galerie Kandlhofer. It opens in the first room with a large, massive sculpture from 2014, made of aluminium and steel elements, which draws on his earlier oeuvre to create a parenthesis by being juxtaposed with a current, equally expansive counterpart at the end of the course. Between these two expansive pieces unfolds a multifaceted exhibition of recent works.
Michael Kienzer was born in 1962 in Steyr, Austria. Kienzer lives and works in Vienna, AT.
He completed a degree in Sculpture at the School of Arts Graz (1979) with Prof. Josef Pillhofer, from 1980-82 Residency in Berlin, collaborating at the Art and Culture Center Kreuzberg, from 1987-1989 Kienzer was a Scene Designer at the Westfälische Landestheater Castrop and a recipient of the Austrian State Stipend in 1992.
Michael Kienzer held a Lectureship at the University of Applied Arts in 2004/05 Viennaand from 2005-06 he was Guest professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Recent solo exhibitions include: Michael Kienzer, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck, 2019; a
sculptural essay - MANFRED ERJAUTZ & MICHAEL KIENZER, KSRoom, Kornberg, 2019; Zitrone und rosenrot, Galerie Artepari Contemporary, Graz, 2019; Michael Kienzer, Galerie Paul Hafner, St Gallen, 2019; Grau und Farbig, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Wien, 2018; Lose Dichte, Gerhard Marcks Haus Bremen, 2017; Lärm und Linien, Kunsthaus Zug, Zug, 2017; Herbert Brandl - Michael Kienzer, Kunstforum Montafon, Schruns, 2016; 24 von 274.668 Tagen, Kunsthalle Krems / Minoritenkirche, Krems, 2016; LINE UP!, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels, AT, 2014/15; Logik und Eigensinn, Kunsthaus Graz, 2012; OUT SITE_02, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, 2009; Vor Ort, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Admont (mit Tobias Pils und Markus Wildling), 2007; Neue Immobilien, MAK, Vienna, 2005; and Verstreute Fromen, Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria, 2003.
Group exhibitions include:LOVING ART. MAKING ART., Festival Tel Aviv, 2020; Höhenrausch - auf ins Wolkenkuckucksheim, OK, Linz, 2020; o. T., Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, 2020; Vienna Biennale, MAK Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst, Wien, 2019; Linea, Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland, 2011; Anti/Form, Kunsthaus Graz; Prozess und Expansion, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; Future Systems/Rare Momente, Lentos Museum, Linz, 2007; Days of Hope, Frame Program, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2001 and As the matter stands, Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.,1999.
Kienzer is the recipient of several awards, including Kunstpreis der Stadt Wien für Bildende Kunst, 2014; Anerkannt. Etabliert. Angekommen., Art Austria Award, 2013; Österreichischer Kunstpreis - Bildende Kunst, 2012; Viktor-Fogarassy-Preis, 2008; Otto-Mauer-Preis, Wien, 2001 and Kunstpreis der Stadt Graz in 2000.